Rangeland Recovery Is Possible

Even during extended dry spells, Big Blue seems to turn up in surprising places when lots of TLC (Proper grazing management) is applied. Take a moment to think or at least dream of what the rangeland in your area looked like in the mid 1800’s, when tall grasses were dominant, and brush was limited to small areas that were not prone to wildfire events. From high rainfall areas to the limited rainfall of dryer brittle environments, it was bound to be a sight to behold. The tools and knowledge are available to at least begin to recreate those conditions. Planning and diligence can begin to move this ‘dream’ forward, however one thing is for certain:

If the rangeland manager is unwilling to utilize those ‘tools’ the process will never move forward.IMG_0109

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Rangelands and Ranching: A Study of Proper Use of Rangelands & the Environment by Frank S Price

My son and I ranch a cow-calf, wooled sheep and hair sheep operation in West Central Texas. We operate 7 different grazing units and utilize a single herd, traditional pasture grazing program within all these units. My son represents is the 5th generation of this enterprise that was started in 1876 by my great grandfather. He and his brother began by driving a herd of cattle from Ennis Texas to Santa Anna Texas, ultimately driving the herd of cattle they had built to Kansas markets and returned to Sterling County, to begin a permanent ranching operation. Rainfall within our scattered operations runs from 17” to 20”. The winters, while going into the single digits on occasion are relatively mild compared to ranches further north, resulting in mostly mild winters producing usable cool season growth along with the dominant warm season plants.

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